Labour Day. The final long weekend of the summer is a sure sign that the new school year is on the horizon. For some students, it’s about having you listen to their summertime stories, and for others it’s about having you get them the classes and schedules they desire. Let’s face it, your role requires you wear many hats; and this time of year is can be a challenge.
September is also the time of year when most admissions officers begin to visit high schools across the country to capture the attention of prospective students. And they too rely on you to facilitate their visits.
Request a visit
Because the post-secondary education system in the US differs from Canada’s, visits from admissions representatives provides them with the opportunity to evaluate and assess the high school and it’s programs to determine how good of a fit it’s students may be for their institution.
Where to begin
If you’ve invited the representative to visit your school, set time aside to meet with them one on one. They are great source of information and can provide you with much more information in a shorter period of time than it would take for you to search online. Keep in mind that they’re a valuable resource and will share with you details and tips on the admission process that will help ease the transition period for you and your student(s). They will also be armed with plenty of materials for you to keep on file at a time when it may be most useful.
Plan an information session
Organize a formal information session that interested students can plan to attend. Allow ample time for them to take in an information session with an admissions officer from a university or college they’ve expressed an interest in applying to. In doing this, make sure they know what information it is they’re seeking and have them prepare a list of questions in order to make the most of the representative’s time. This will allow the student to ask first hand all the questions they seek to, and take in all the facts they’re provided directly from the school.
Involve parents Be certain to make sure that parents are aware of the session and welcome to attend. Selecting a college can be a daunting task and even more so when it includes a move to another country. Suggest that once a student has met with the representative, the parents join the student for a secondary interview to learn more about the school, requirements, living accommodations and costs. If you proceed in this manner, be sure to schedule a session that will allow for those working parents to attend at time that will not take them away from their workday.. .
By Lindsay Moore